Nestled against the backdrop of the picturesque Magaliesburg Mountains north west of the City of Tshwane, the under construction and newly developed Malatse Village is designed to set high standards in the private student accommodation.
Malatse Village is scheduled for grand-opening on Mandela Day 18 July 2018, with the first expected occupation of students from various colleges and universities north of the City of Tshwane to move in January 2019.
Designed by the renowned Louis Liebenberg Architects (www.louisliebenberg.co.za) in Pretoria, the Malatse Village is a green building imbued with a tranquillity that resonates with a pristine living and learning village destination.
Malatse Village has been designed to exceed the norms and standards signed into law by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) on 29 September 2015. The aim of the Policy on the Minimum Norms and Standards for Student Housing at Public Universities is to regulate the provision of on- and off-campus life. The application of these norms and standards were promulgated to ensure that students are provided with adequate, fit-for-purpose accommodation of reasonable quality, and enjoy learning and living environments that promote academic success.
According to the management of Malatse Village, the establishment will also be graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa in line with the norms and standards set for self-catering private student accommodation. The establishment will also be assessed by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for its grading in terms of the Green Star SA Rating System.
With the private student accommodation market thriving in South Africa, it becomes important for the DHET and the Department of Tourism to work closely to establish a coordinated and integrated grading system that combines both the minimum norms and standards as well as the grading standards set by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) in order to regulate quality and pricing in the industry.
But it`s good to see a new trend set by investors like Malatse Village to ensure that students are provided with adequate, fit-for-purpose accommodation of reasonable quality, and enjoy learning and living environments that promote academic success.
View or Download: Government Gazette Min Standards Norms for Student Accommodation